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As of April 2011,the American Kennel Club selected the Spanish Water Dog Club, Inc. as Parent Club for the breed as it progresses towards the Miscellaneous Class and full registration status. The Spanish Water Dog will be eligible to compete in the Herding Group with AKC as of January 1. 2015. Since its inception in 2004 and its recognition by the Foundations Stock Service in 2005, the SWDCA membership has actively grown its efforts for the breed. In 2010, the UKC-affiliated Spanish Water Dog Association of America merged with the SWD Club, expanding the SWD Club's community. In October 2013, as one of the requirements to gain full recognition, the Spanish Water Dog Club, Inc. changed its name to the Spanish Water Dog Club of America, Inc. (SWDCA) and incorporated in the State of Pennsylvania. The SWDCA extends a membership invitation to all SWD fanciers with the goals of forming a strong National Breed Club and improving the breed.